Marlin swimmers qualify for Junior Olympics meet

The Yosemite Marlins Swim Club has been experiencing a wealth of success at its recent Long Course Season meets. On the July 4 weekend, 25 team members traveled to San Luis Obispo to attend the four-day SLO Firecracker meet.

According to Tammy Kudela, the Marlin’s head coach, team members had a really fun experience competing at the meet, shopping at the farmer’s market, strolling through the historic downtown area, and also getting the opportunity to watch a wonderful fireworks display at the beach.

“In addition to all the fun activities outside the pool, many of our swimmers swam personal best times at this meet, and three of them earned the “King/Queen of the Pool” pentathlon award,” Kudela explained. “These swimmers had to have the lowest overall average time out of all of the swimmers in their respective age groups for five events (in meters) - the 200IM, 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, and 50 freestyle.

Max Tuggle was “King of the Pool” for eight-year-old boys, Dominic DeBernardi was “King of the Pool” for nine-year-old boys, and Claire Tuggle was the “Queen of the Pool” for 10-year-old girls.

The meet also brought the team’s total tally of Junior Olympic Qualifiers to 15. At the July 18-19 Central California Swimming B/C Championship Meet at Merced Community College, the Marlins picked up three new Junior Olympic qualifiers and previous qualifiers collectively made new cuts in nine additional events.

These qualifiers are Owen Arnold, Max Tuggle, Luca DeBernardi, Grace Clerkin, Claire Tuggle, Dominic DeBernardi, Cora Lowery, Jonah Dacanay, Josh Johnson, Coury Jones, MacKenzie Arnold, Audrey Ogilvie, Parker Jones, Theo Tuggle, Sammy Rockey, Owen Bassett, Aaron Mulkey, and Daniel Gilger.

“We continue to improve each season in the number of swimmers that make Junior Olympic cuts, achieve USA Swimming Level A time standards, and qualify for Central California All-Star and Zone teams,” Kudela said. “I contribute this to our dedicated coaching staff, committed swimmers, and the support of parents and the community.”

The Junior Olympic Championship meet runs from Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26.

“Our swimmers are swimming very fast right now and we expect to see many personal best times at this meet,” Kudela said. “We also have a few swimmers who have a very good chance of swimming fast enough this weekend to qualify them for the Central California Zone team. If they make that team, they will have the opportunity to compete in Hawaii at USA Swimming’s Western Zone Championship Meet Aug. 6-9.”

- Yosemite Marlins Swim Club